Marilyn Monroe’s name is synonymous with Chanel No. 5, so no doubt you’ve obviously heard her famous memorable quote “I only wear Chanel No. 5 to bed,” but did you know it was French Marie Claire that first revealed it?
A recent discovery from Chanel’s archives has unearthed a never-before-heard audio recording of Marie Claire editor-in-chief Georges Belmont interviewing Monroe in 1960 for her film “Let’s Make Love,” whereupon she first revealed that all she wears to bed is Chanel No. 5! Now that is proof of journalism at its best—thank goodness for journalism, right?
Using archived footage and a newly-discovered audio recording from 1960, Chanel has posthumously appointed the iconic blonde as the new face of its equally iconic perfume, fifty-one years after her death. According to the campaign film, Monroe is heard reflecting on a quote first published in Life magazine’s April 7, 1952 issue when she was just 26 years old, which revealed her bedtime rituals.
Featuring mesmerizing footage of Monroe walking into a premiere, dancing, and on vacation, her breathless voice is heard giggling and saying, “You know, they ask me questions. Just an example: “What do you wear to bed? A pajama top? The bottoms of the pajamas? A nightgown?” So I said, ‘CHANEL N°5,’ because it’s the truth… And yet, I don’t want to say ‘nude.’ But it’s the truth!”
Chanel has released a decadent bath oil and foaming bath, so even if you want to forego spritzing before bedtime, you can slide between the sheets with a little of Marilyn Monroe’s mystique.
The Chanel No. 5 fragrance, long considered a perfume classic, was first introduced in 1921. At the time, Gabrielle Chanel said of the scent: ‘I want a woman’s fragrance that smells like a woman.’
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Are you a fan of Chanel No.5? If not, what is your go-to fragrance.